avoiding Definition

  • 1to keep away from; keep clear of; shun
  • 2to prevent from happening

Using avoiding: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "avoiding" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He is avoiding me since our last argument.

  • Example

    She avoids sugar in her diet.

  • Example

    The company is trying to avoid bankruptcy.

  • Example

    I'm avoiding the highway because of traffic.

avoiding Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for avoiding

Phrases with avoiding

  • to intentionally not look at someone's eyes


    He always avoids eye contact when he's lying.

  • to refuse to talk about or deal with a particular topic or problem


    Whenever I bring up the issue, she always avoids it.

  • to refuse to take responsibility for something


    He always tries to avoid responsibility for his mistakes.

Origins of avoiding

from Old French 'esvuidier', meaning 'empty out'


Summary: avoiding in Brief

'Avoiding' [uh-void-ing] means to keep away from or prevent from happening. It can refer to physical avoidance, like 'I'm avoiding the highway because of traffic,' or emotional avoidance, like 'He is avoiding me since our last argument.' Phrases like 'avoid eye contact' and 'avoid the issue' use 'avoid' to denote intentional non-action. 'Avoiding' is often used as a formal way to say 'stay away from' or 'keep away from.'